Private Project


It's the 70s. At the top of their careers, Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu, the two famous international ballet dancers, join the artistic ideas.
The company carried out more than 2000 shows in Italy and around the world, in theaters, rinks, stadiums, tent theaters and high security jails. From that moment on, the School of Classic Ballet and the Cosi Stefanescu company become a unique cultural heritage on the scene of classic dance.
Thanks to the experience of the two ètoiles, the Russian, Rumanian and Italian styles have been transmitted for the first time directly in Italy to whole generations of professional dancers.
After 40 years of activity and after bringing ballet outside traditional theaters,
the company closed in 2016, due to economic difficulties.
Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu decided to leave this heritage to their premier danseurs.

Avoiding any romantic or sentimental temptation, BEYOND STRAIN is a film that does not challenge, does not aspire to amaze at first glance, but it's rooted in the strain of the repeated action, establishing a conversation with life and its continuous training, like an aesthetics rooted in the creases of being human. In this sense, cameras plunge into space along with the dancers, feeling part of their dance, into the listening of movements, gestures, suonds, looks. A work of serious and strict contemplation.
The film proposes - in voice over-the testimony of Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu lessons of the past.

  • Manuel Fanni Canelles
  • Manuel Fanni Canelles, Liliana Cosi
  • Pegaso
    Manuel Fanni Canelles
  • Akira Akiyama, Bianca Assad, Andrea Caleffi, Elena Casolari, Michela Creston, Beatrice Flaborea, Colette Gasperini, Ilaria Grisanti, Dorian Grori, Shuntaro Ieuku, Tiljaus Lukaj, Walter Maimone, Alexander Serov, Rezart Stafa, Mirei Tanaka, Gabriele Togni, Marinel Stefanescu, Liliana Cosi.
    Key Cast
  • Irene Borchi, Laura Torelli
  • Cosi Stefanescu Classical Ballet Company, Paolo Parisotto
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  • Runtime:
    35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Full HD
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    Black & White
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  • Student Project:
  • Hollywood International Indipendent Documentary Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    June 11, 2016
    Winner, may 2016
  • Preview_Ariosto Theatre
    Reggio Emilia
    March 9, 2016
  • INSHODOW 2016. International Film Festival
    November 25, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Pegaso Productions
    Country: Italy
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Manuel Fanni Canelles

Manuel Fanni Canelles (1976) is a film director, visual artist, coach and performing director.
Degree Course in Performing and Visual Arts disciplines at University of Trieste (It), he has studied to the school of the Teatro Stabile di Trieste La Contrada under the direction of Mario Licalsi.
In his work he mainly uses means of expressing as video, installations and performances, investigating the conflict between reality and representation. The last works inquires temporary condition of the places, the precariousness of the time and in general of the existence.The last documentary "Beyond Strain" is the winner of numerous International Awards.
Biennale d'arte di Venezia; Artissima, Torino; Art Fair, Bologna / Biennale della musica, Zagabria / MMSU, Museo dì arte moderna e contemporanea Rijeka (HR)

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The relationship between body/s and space rappresent the beginning of my artistic history and somehow the dominant of all my work. The theater offers me the opportunity to constantly ask myself the problem about the boundary between representation and reality.
Therefore, the transformation of the body is part of this process and in addition to representing an anchorage to scenic universe, implies a continous reflection on the concept of temporary and its representation.
My latest works are influenced by the impermanence of the places, by the precariousness of time and existence.